Sunday, 2 June 2013

The Thick of It: The Missing DoSAC Files by Armando Iannucci

"Based around the idea that King of Spin Malcolm Tucker has lost a confidential and highly-damaging file on a train, this book presents a collection of sensitive documents: personnel files, policy drafts, letters and emails, election campaign documents and top secret papers on the government's media strategy for wars and recessions."

There were a few parts in this that could only work if they were being read by the actors, but most of it was the usual brilliance you see in the show, like:

• Malcolm's interview, where he claims he could win a fight against Muhammad Ali (because he has Parkinson's now)
• Nicola's interview, where she reveals she did try yoga (but had to stop because she broke her sternum)
• Mannion's attack points file, where we find out he crashed his yacht against another yacht (because "the ocean made a sudden unexpected up and down motion")
• Malcolm's Guide to Managing Your Public Image, full of helpful tips like "if you feel you might be unable to stop yourself smiling at a service of remembrance imagine your own cock being fed into a moulinex (Clinton once coaxed a tear this way in Normandy)

If you love the show, you'll love the book.

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